Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) is excited to announce that it has been selected to participate in the Northeast Academy League for the 2022/2023 season. The Northeast Academy League is part of a strategic cooperation agreement to provide opportunities for our top boy's teams who aspire to participate in the MLS NEXT program.
The Northeast Academy League provides a competition platform for clubs and players who aspire to participate in MLS NEXT. As part of a strategic cooperation agreement, MLS NEXT will collaborate with the Northeast Academy League to provide players with increased identification opportunities, individual assessments, and enhanced scouting and coaching education for team technical staff.
Kevin McCarthy, Executive Director at DUSC
“The North East Academy League provides DUSC with the only strategic relationship of any Manhattan club with MLS NEXT, a structured high level platform, a professional game day environment and a collaborative club experience with some of the nation’s best clubs. Being invited into the Northeast Academy League is an important step in our growth and development as a club and provides the pathway possibilities players require to advance their development opportunities through the highest level.
Fred Lipka Vice President & Technical Director, Player Development at Major League Soccer
“It is important that we provide opportunities for players to participate in MLS NEXT. Players develop at different ages, and at different rates. This strategic relationship is intended to address that dynamic.”
Matt Pilkington, NYCFC2 Head Coach, Former DUSC Technical Director
" I am delighted to see DUSC join the Northeast Academy League. Having DUSC teams compete in an inspirational best with best professional learning and developmental environment will raise the ceiling of possibility for NYC players in their collegiate and professional pathways."
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